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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, June 26, 2017


Pictured above: The victims of the Munich massacre. Apparently the 40th anniversary of their tragic passing is insufficient to warrant a moment of silence.Earlier this month it was announced that Great Britain’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, will not join the international campaign for a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

There have been calls for a moment of silence from around the world. More than fifty members of the British Parliament have signed a motion. The effort is backed by the German Bundestag, about 100 Australian members of Parliament including the Prime Minister and the opposition leader, the Canadian parliament and the U.S. Senate both unanimously passed resolutions calling for a moment of silence.

The International Olympic Committee has dropped the ball by its decision not to hold a moment of

Former Bloomingdale’s CEO Marvin Traub, 1925-2012Marvin Traub died last Wednesday at his home on the Upper East Side at the age of 87. The cause of death was bladder cancer, the Times reported Amy Hafkin, the general manager of Marvin Traub Associates, as having said. Traub had founded the consulting firm in 1992 after retiring as chairman and chief executive of Bloomingdale’s.

Born in Manhattan on April 14, 1925, Marvin Traub was the only child of Sam and Bea Traub. He was Jewish, and on the day of his passing, a death notice from the Central

Will U.S. interest in the Middle East decline as the Arabian oil empire continues to fall in influence? Daniel Pipes discusses this question in his latest opinion.In a provocative and well executed article in the July/August issue of the National Interest, “The Fading Arab Oil Empire,” Paul D. Miller, assistant professor of international-security studies at the National Defense University, argues:

The geostrategic importance of the Middle East is vastly overblown. The region matters to the United States chiefly because of its influence in the world oil market, but that influence has been in terminal decline for a generation, a fact almost wholly unnoticed

The third round of talks to end Iran’s nuclear program ended in failure last month, and a much broader embargo on Iran’s oil exports took effect this week. In this context, the six world powers that have been negotiating with Iran must consider what to do next.

At the same time, the leaders of these six countries – the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – are also grappling with how to end the intensifying bloodbath in Syria. In fact, the two crises are unavoidably

Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were symbols of a new attitude of friendship with the Jewish people that culminated in the Vatican recognizing the State of Israel, explains columnist Jonathan Tobin. (Photo Courtesy of Radomil).One of the most heartening stories of interfaith relations in the last half century has been the way the Catholic Church changed the way it regarded Judaism and Jews.

In the 47 years since the publication of Nostra Aetate (“In Our Age”) when the Second Vatican Council repudiated the ancient charge of deicide, the church has moved not only from theological positions that reinforced the teaching of contempt for Jews but also to a position of active condemnation of anti-Semitism.

In particular, Popes